June 21, 2013 7:18 pm

Mea Maxima Culpa – DVD review

The tone in Alex Gibney’s documentary on child sex abuse scandals in the Catholic church is admirably sober
Mea Maxima Culpa DVD cover

Alex Gibney, 2012

Element Pictures

Decades of reports on child sex abuse scandals in the Catholic church may have dulled our sense of outrage – Alex Gibney’s documentary brings it all back. He begins with victims from a Milwaukee school for deaf children who were not content just to rely on divine retribution, but the shameful trail of culpability and cover-up leads all the way to the Vatican. The tone remains admirably sober even in the face of breathtaking hypocrisy from an institution itself still unwilling to confess its sins.

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